Despite the fact that the word has “math” in it, the term “polymath” has nothing to do with mathematics. A polymath is a person of wide-ranging knowledge and skills. Polymaths engage in extended learning across disparate fields, and apply their skills to connect ideas and solve problems in unique ways.
The key advantage that polymaths hold is their ability to thrive in a constantly changing environment. They develop mental models from different fields and apply them to solve problems in a unique way. This enables them to differentiate from their competition. Further, it creates opportunities for them to find truly meaningful work by pursuing their passions.
I loved this concept. Polymaths are “generalists” – beyond the niche (and core specialisation). That’s why this blog sustains my ideas (and forms extensive mental models) to take this forward in every way.
I have also debated the value of “over-specialisation” – a Phd and constant flux of academia and the need for credentialing. It is hard to debate the value it accrues to me, and a meaningful investment of time by creating specific digital workflows. The idea moat it creates is beyond measurable value.
These writings help foster ideas and creativity.
I didn’t do any of these things with a goal of being a polymath. I did them because I was drawn to them. It took many years before I started to see any benefits from mixing these pursuits
Foster creativity and curiosity. It helps.